The Republican audience, reminded of the 234 individuals executed during Rick Perry’s tenure as Texas governor, actually applauded:
This doesn’t strike me as a pro- or anti-death penalty issue. It’s one of basic human decency. Punishment — any punishment — isn’t a joyful answer to crime. It’s one to be dispensed solemnly, with cognizance that another’s life has to be ruined, whether by imprisonment or by death, for society’s benefit. I don’t expect Ned Stark (YouTube), but I do demand respect for lives taken.
That said, I don’t believe a reasonable man can support the death penalty in a world full of cases like Claude Jones’.